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Last Plane Out
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Last Plane Out

Last Plane Out

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When I received an email from a new band called “Last Plane Out,” the first thing I thought of was the song by the same name from Kevin Gilbert's Toy Matinee project with Patrick Leonard. I then noticed Kevin Gilbert listed as an influence, so assumed that’s where the band name came from. Being a big fan of Kevin Gilbert, I naturally had to give the music a listen. I’m glad I did.

Last Plane Out's debut album emerges from Sweden as a fresh breeze in the melodic crossover pop-prog genre. With Nils Erikson and Anders Lundquist at the helm, this album encapsulates a blend of thoughtful lyricism and appealing melodies that aims to resonate with both dedicated prog fans and casual listeners alike. Released digitally on April 26, 2024, and set for a vinyl-only release on May 31 through Border Distribution, the album contains eight tracks that run a vinyl-friendly 35 minutes, yet it feels complete and polished.

Last Plane Out

Last Plane Out's eponymous debut makes a compelling entry into the scene. It’s a work that demonstrates considerable musicality and thoughtful production choices, all while staying true to its prog roots yet accessible enough to appeal to a wider audience.

The duo's music delivers a palpable sense of passion and precision. Erikson, handling most of the instrumentation, showcases his broad musical capabilities, particularly on tracks like "Stirring Up The Ghosts" which presents some of the album’s most pronounced prog influences. Meanwhile, the collaboration with Jonas Reingold on the ballad "Making Her Smile" highlights a subtle yet impactful approach to arrangement that enhances the emotional depth of the lyrics.

Lyrically, the album stands out for its poignant and reflective content, largely penned by Lundquist. Songs like "Nobody Else, No," a duet featuring Aida Jabbari, add a diverse layer to the album's sound, marrying Erikson's musical compositions with lyrics that are both introspective and relatable. The influence of artists like Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, and of course, Kevin Gilbert is evident, not just in the sonic elements, but also in the emotive delivery and lyrical narratives.

Overall, Last Plane Out's eponymous debut makes a compelling entry into the scene. It’s a work that demonstrates considerable musicality and thoughtful production choices, all while staying true to its prog roots yet accessible enough to appeal to a wider audience. This album strikes a chord that resonates well beyond its runtime, suggesting a promising future for the duo. As they plan for live performances and further musical explorations, Last Plane Out is certainly a name to watch.

We’re happy to be playing the three singles now on Prog Radio, with more to follow on the April 26th release date. You can also hear the songs featured in next week’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” show.

4.5 Stars

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Apr 26, 2024
35 min
Stirring Up the Ghosts • Making Her Smile • Nobody Else, No • Tales of a Flower Maiden
Kevin Carmony
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